OFN Friday News Digest
The OFN brings you a roundup of the week’s news relevant to Older Women.

Are you eligible for cheaper home wifi?

Many older women are on woefully low incomes; broadband is an expense that can be  a struggle. Without home wifi people are limited to using the internet in libraries, cafes, or running up data charges on their phones.  Up to one million people cancelled their broadband in the last year because of the high cost of living, a survey by Citizens Advice suggests.

The charity said those struggling could have benefited from cheaper social tariffs or special low-cost packages. Watchdog Ofcom has warned 4.3 million eligible people are missing the deals but social tariffs are  available. Most major providers have social tariffs for  people on Pension Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support and universal credit. Often these average around £12.50 a month.

Check here to see if your provider has a social tariff.

Gender inequality gets worse as women get older in Wales

Women over 50 years old face multiple forms of workplace discrimination, a report from Wales has found. The report examined the impact of gender inequality, age-based discrimination, menopause-related factors and the gender pension gap.  Women over 50 are also more likely to be caring for both grandchildren and ageing parents, so are doubly impacted by gaps in childcare and adult social care services.

Marathons and Non Binary

Since 31st March 2023, post-puberty males have been banned from the female category by World Athletics – in world rankings competitions – and by UK Athletics, in events they license. But now there is a new way to allow male athletes an unfair advantage: the non-binary category. 

Five of the world’s six most prestigious marathons – Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, and New York City, the World Marathon Majors now have a non-binary category. To qualify for the Boston non-binary category, females had to run the same times as females in the women’s category, but males had the luxury of running thirty minutes slower than their fellow males in the men’s category. 

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